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Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)

A collection of the documentation, images, and digitized tapes related to a family of machines that provided electronic entertainment primarily based off audio and video tape. This includes the Tiger 2-XL, a tape machine with a robot personality, as well as Tele-Story and other related systems. This approach fell by the wayside with more and more inexpensive solid-state and digital products.



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This was a VHS game released for the Bandai Telebikko game console (or Terebikko) in 1988. The Telebikko was a very simple game console in the shape of a phone with four buttons. As the tape played, the characters asked the player questions, and an audio tone from the tape told the console which button corresponded to the correct answer. Then, the user would choose the button that matched their chosen answer and the console speaker would let them know if they were correct. This tape focuses on...
Topics: Japanese, educational, VHS, telebikko, terebikko
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape was a licensing of the Nickelodeon show "Are you Afraid of the Dark?". It contains choices related to which character to follow, as well as which...
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Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, CYOA, Are you afraid of the dark
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This particular tape is a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story with Batman investigating a carnival full of crime. This cartridge was originally digitzed by...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, edutainment, compact cassettes
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This one involves 2-XL taking a trip through time and observing the various time periods of the dinosaurs.
Topics: tiger, 2-xl, edutainment, dinosaurs
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. In this tape, John Kassir reprises his role as the Cryptkeeper. He tells a CYOA story about a child name Billy Atkins, who meets a mysterious figure offering a magic...
Topics: Tiger 2-XL, CYOA, Tales from the Crypt
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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This was one of a series of video storybooks produced by the company Tele-Story during the late 1980s. There is no animation, instead showing hand-pained still images. The images were taken from a picture book produced by Tele-Story and Superscope around 1975. The audio used for the VHS tape was originally on an audio cassette that came with the picture book. This tape contains the classic bible stories "David & Goliath" and "Samson & Goliath"
Topics: 1980s, Tele-Story, VHS, bible, bible stories
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by LJN Toys Ltd.
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Around 1987, toy company LJN released a game console known as the VideoArt. All of the games were very simple paint programs with the difference being the pictures that were presented to be colored in. Here are several pictures of the board. I am supplying them in an effort to document the hardware used. 7805CSP is a standard 5v voltage regulator. EF6805R2P is an implementation of the Motorola 6805 microprocessor. EF9367P is a Graphics Display Processor produced by Thomson. The D41416C-15...
Topics: LJN, Videoart
In 1993, the company YES! Entertainment produced an animatronic talking bear called TV Teddy. He came with special VHS tapes with a hidden audio track. This audio track was placed on the left side of the video frame. A special transmitter box was connected in between the VCR and TV. This transmitter box was able to take the hidden audio from the tapes and transmit it wirelessly to TV Teddy. This allowed him to talk and move, while appearing to interact with the content on the tape. TV Teddy's...
Topics: 1990s, animatronic, bear, berenstain bears, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Connor Toy Corporation
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This was one of the VHS tapes produced for the Connor Videosmarts game console, released in 1986 by Connor Electronics. This one focuses on the difference between uppercase and lowercase letters.
Topics: puppets, educational, videosmarts, computersmarts
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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This was a VHS game released for the Bandai Telebikko game console (or Terebikko) in 1988. The Telebikko was a very simple game console in the shape of a phone with four buttons. As the tape played, the characters asked the player questions, and an audio tone from the tape told the console which button corresponded to the correct answer. Then, the user would choose the button that matched their chosen answer and the console speaker would let them know if they were correct.
Topics: Japanese, VHS, edutainment, telebikko, terebikko
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This was an introductory title to the 2-XL. It begins with instructions on how to use the system and proceeds to a wide variety of trivia questions. This cartridge was...
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Topics: 2-XL, Tiger, edutainment, compact cassette
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape features 2-XL introducing a Spiderman story in which Spiderman must foil a plot involving the abduction of the king of Symkaria. This tape was originally...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, CYOA
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. In this tape, you are escorted through one of Ripley's Believe It Or Not museums after hours by a mysterious ghost. Once again, 2-XL is letting someone else take care...
Topics: Tiger, 2XL, CYOA, trivia, edutainment
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape has a gag at the beginning that may or may not come up depending on your choice of track. 2-XL assumes that the tape title was printed backwards and claims...
Topics: 1990s, Tiger, 2-XL, trivia
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The Takara Video Challenger was a light-gun game console released by Takara of Japan in 1987. The console was contained within the light gun itself. All of the games were on VHS tapes. Most tapes appear to have been released in Japan only, though some were released in parts of Europe. This Japanese tape is the first of two featuring Godzilla. Mothra and its grubs also appear. The objective is to point our gun at the screen and shoot the target on Godzilla to gain points, while pointing your gun...
Topics: VHS, Japan, Godzilla, Vide Challenger, light gun
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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This is intended as preservation for the "Video Buddy" game console and the "Muppet Babies" TV show.This was taken from a tape on the Video Buddy edutainment game console, which used VHS tapes containing full episodes of children's shows. These episodes then had breaks inserted where the Video Buddy character would ask what the child learned. The child used the controller to give their answers, and would receive responses depending on whether they were correct.
Topics: 1990s, game console, VHS, FMV, trivia, Video Buddy, muppets
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. Once again, 2-XL leaves the narration to an unknown narrator. This one follows the classic story of the original "Jurassic Park". We get the computer system...
Topics: Dinosaurs, Tiger, 2-XL, edutainment, CYOA
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. In this tape, 2-XL asks a wide variety of trivia questions. However, the show is hijacked part-way through by a pirate. 2-XL is able to fight back and regain control...
Topics: tiger, 2XL, CYOA, edutainment
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This one involves the 2-XL traveling through time to meet famous people. We get Alexander the Great, Mark Twain, George Washington, Thomas Edison, and Marie Antoinette,...
Topics: tiger, 2-XL, edutainment
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This one was one of the Scholastic series, some of the last tapes released for the Tiger 2-XL in 1994. This one has 2-XL hosting the whole thing, which often did not...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, edutainment, 1990s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by LJN Toys Ltd
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Around 1987, toy company LJN released a game console known as the VideoArt. All of the games were very simple paint programs with the difference being the pictures that were presented to be colored in. This cartridge contains pictures of various Disney characters. I have included images of the circuit board, as well as a scan of the manual. I do not have the expertise to dump the ROMs, and there is no working emulation. Thus, I tried to preserve the content in other ways. All screenshots from...
Topics: LJN, VideoArt
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This one holds various science trivia questions. It also features an interview with someone claiming to be Albert Einstein.
Topics: tiger, 2xl, edutainment, trivia
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This was one of the VHS tapes produced for the Connor Computersmarts game console, released in 1987 by Connor Electronics. This one deals with sentence structure, compound subjects, and compound predicates.
Topics: puppets, videosmarts, computersmarts, educational, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Worlds of Wonder
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This was a game released by Worlds of Wonder around 1987 for their Action Max game console. The Action Max games were all light gun shooters. However, as VHS was a linear system, the game is the same each time. The objective is to get the highest score. The games are incredibly cheesy. The one involves a fighter pilot who is in the middle of a final exam, when suddenly real enemy planes show up.
Topics: Action Max, Worlds of Wonder, light gun, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape features trivia questions from a wide variety of topics. However, it also features an interview with a character known as the "Trivia Maestress"....
Topics: tiger, 2-XL, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape mainly follows the activities in the included booklet. In one case, we get a connect the dots that uses the letters from the alphabet instead of numbers....
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, trivia, educational, 1990s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Mego Corp.
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This was the first of two tapes used with "Robotstronomy", which was one of the board games that worked with the 2-XL robot. In this game, you move forward or backward a number of squares on the board as...
Topics: Mego 2-XL, edutainment, board game, 1980s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape was all about world records. Most of them were truthful for the time. However, 2-XL inserts himself by claiming to hold the world record for singing Happy...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, 1990s, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Connor Toy Corporation
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This was one of the VHS tapes produced for the Connor Videosmarts game console, released in 1986 by Connor Electronics. The one teaches children about nutrition, health and safety.
Topics: videosmarts, computersmarts, puppets, educational
The Milton-Bradley Omni Entertainment System was a game console releasedin 1980 that used 8-track tapes. The games were mostly based around trivia with people such as Pat Summerall and Vincent Price recording the questions. The tapes contained the audio for the questions, as well as programming data.The tapes are in stereo, but the Omni's mono speaker allowed it to switch between the two tracks depending on how the game progressed. Because I am supplying raw rips of these tapes from an 8-track...
Topics: Milton-Bradley, Omni, 8-track, trivia
This was a VHS game released for the Bandai Telebikko game console (or Terebikko) in 1988. The Telebikko was a very simple game console in the shape of a phone with four buttons. As the tape played, the characters asked the player questions, and an audio tone from the tape told the console which button corresponded to the correct answer. Then, the user would choose the button that matched their chosen answer and the console speaker would let them know if they were correct. This tape focuses on...
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Topics: Telebikko, terebikko, educational, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. As the title suggests, this one was all about U.S. presidents and American history. There is an interview with Abraham Lincoln, though 2-XL is sure to warn the players that this isn't the real person for obvious...
Topics: mego, 2-xl, edutainment, trivia, 1970s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. The title is self-explanatory. This was an educational tape discussing the Earth. This cartridge was originally digitized by Mouser of DonationCoder.com for the 2-XL...
Topics: 2-XL, Tiger, edutainment
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This is a variety tape. 2-XL picks several topics including dinosaurs and living creatures. There is also a musical segment where 2-XL encourages the player to take a...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, edutainment
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Mego Corp.
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This flier was an attempt to pitch the Mego 2-XL robot to schools, with special offerings that were not sold to the regular market. First, this 2-XL unit would have a headphone jack, which was not present on the regular model. Second, many of the tapes would come with 8x11 inch workbooks, rather than the small workbooks that were common with the retail 2-XL tapes. Finally, the tapes are listed in four assortments. The first assortment was released in the retail market, but the other three were...
Topics: Mego, 2-XL, 1970s, Scholastic
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Milton-Bradley
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The Milton-Bradley Omni Entertainment System was a game console releasedin 1980 that used 8-track tapes. The games were mostly based around trivia with people such as Pat Summerall and Vincent Price recording the questions. The tapes contained the audio for the questions, as well as programming data.The tapes are in stereo, but the Omni's mono speaker allowed it to switch between the two tracks depending on how the game progressed. Because I am supplying raw rips of these tapes from an 8-track...
Topics: Vincent Price, trivia, family game, milton-bradley
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This one, "World of Animals" shares its title with one of the Mego tapes. At around 13:52, there is a mistake. The question regards whether lizards or humans...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, trivia, 1990s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape contains trivia on ocean life.
Topics: tiger, 2-XL, trivia, 1990s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This was a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story in which the 2-XL robot is selected for a deep-space mission and you are the human ground-control. This cartridge...
Topics: 2-XL, Tiger, choose your own adventure, CYOA, edutainment
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape features 2-XL using his flying carpet (yes really) to fly to Africa. Then, he goes on a safari. This one removes the standard computer beeping noises after...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, edutainment, compact cassette
Around 1998, YES! Entertainment Corporation, Shoot the Moon Products Inc, and Alchemy II Inc worked together to produce a new iteration of the Teddy Ruxpin animatronic teddy bear. In this version, there were six VHS movies, which were abridged re-releases of the original 1980s movies. In this release, there was a "TV Talk Box" that hooked up to both the VCR and the Teddy Ruxpin toy. The VHS tape contained an alternate audio track, which appears to have been hidden in the VHS hi-fi...
Topics: 1990s, Teddy Ruxpin, animatronic, teddy bear, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This is a CYOA story in which Batman investigates a plot by Penguin and Mr. Freeze to heat up Gotham city with a giant magnifying glass. This tape was originally...
Topics: Tiger 2-XL, Batman, DC Comics, compact cassette
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape featured a foldable board game in which the player attempts to move through the solar system from Pluto to The Sun. This is done by answering questions that...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, trivia, board game, 1990s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by LJN Toys Ltd.
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This was a flier that was included in the packaging of all LJN VideoArt games. It shows the full library of games that were produced for the system. =Disney Coloring Book= Lots of coloring fun with Mickey and your favorite Disney Characters =Marvel Super-Heroes= Spider-Man and Captain America battle the forces of evil. =Looney Tunes= Color along with Bugs Bunny and his friends =My Favorite Doll= Play make believe with a little girl's favorite dolls =On the Move= Ground, sea and air.-- you're on...
Topics: LJN, Videoart, game cartridges, advertisement
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Big Comfy Corp.
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This is intended as preservation for the "Video Buddy" game console and the "Big Comfy Couch" TV show. This was taken from a tape on the Video Buddy edutainment game console, which used VHS tapes containing full episodes of children's shows. These episodes then had breaks inserted where the Video Buddy character would ask what the child learned. The child used the controller to give their answers, and would receive responses depending on whether they were correct.
Topics: Big Comfy Couch, Video Buddy, 1990s, VHS, game console
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by View-Master Ideal Group
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In 1988, the View-Master Ideal Group released their "View-Master Interactive Vision" game console. It used VHS tapes and combined the footage with graphics that were rendered by the console. The graphics appear to be constructed based on a barcode that is present on the right side of the video frame. Also, there is a hidden audio track that is visible as a waveform on the left side. At times, player choice can access this alternate track to give the impression of different paths...
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Topics: View-Master Interactive Vision, VHS, edutainment, video game
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by View-Master Ideal Group
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In 1988, the View-Master Ideal Group released their "View-Master Interactive Vision" game console. It used VHS tapes and combined the footage with graphics that were rendered by the console. These graphics are used to form simple games. The console itself had a controller that looks a bit like a fishing rod, with five buttons and a joystick. The graphics appear to be constructed based on a barcode that is present on the right side of the video frame. Also, there is a hidden audio...
Topics: View-Master Interactive Vision, VHS, edutainment, video game
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Takara
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The Takara Video Challenger was a light-gun game console released by Takara of Japan in 1987. The console was contained within the light gun itself. All of the games were on VHS tapes. Most tapes appear to have been released in Japan only, though some were released in parts of Europe. This Japanese tape attempts to implement the classic arcade game Road Avenger. However, the original Laserdisc used in the arcades allowed the game to skip back and forth to different scenes depending on the...
Topics: Takara, VHS, light gun, Video Challenger
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by LJN Toys Ltd.
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Around 1987, toy company LJN released a game console known as the VideoArt. All of the games were very simple paint programs with the difference being the pictures that were presented to be colored in. This cartridge contains pictures of Disney characters. Because the LJN VideoArt does not erase whatever you draw whenever you switch backgrounds, they tried to use this to tell a story. They show you the image one piece at a time, and you color that part in before moving on to the next one. This...
Topics: LJN, VideoArt, children's toys
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. In this adventure Geordi Le Forge (with the actual voice talent of LeVar Burton) goes out on a secret mission to stop the Romulins from obtaining personal cloaking...
Topics: Tiger 2-XL, CYOA, edutainment
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Elektronika
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This was the first of two manuals that were included with the Elektronika MK-52 calculator. The calculator was released in the Soviet Union beginning in 1983. It was manufactured until 1992. The manual is in the Russian language.
Topics: Elektronika, ussr, calculator, manual, 1980s, 1990s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Connor Toy Corporation
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This was one of the VHS tapes produced for the Connor Videosmarts game console, released in 1986 by Connor Electronics. This one is for teaching young children about vowel sounds.
Topics: puppets, videosmarts, computersmarts, educational
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape is believed to have been the last tape produced for the Tiger 2-XL, and the only tape released in 1995. This is a story based on the "Mighty Morphin'...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, edutainment, choose your own adventure, CYOA, cassette
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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The View-Master Interactive Vision was a children's edutainment console from 1988. The games were held on VHS tapes consisted of VHS footage with computer graphics generated over the footage. This was done by playing the tape in the VCR and passing the video signal through the console. The console would identify game code hidden in the video signal (the barcode on the right side of the frame) and use this to generate the graphics in real time. This enabled a mixture of full-motion-video and...
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Topics: VMIV, View-Master Interatcive Vision, Sesame Street
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tele-Story
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This was one of a series of video storybooks produced by the company Tele-Story during the late 1980s. There is no animation, instead showing hand-pained still images. The images were taken from a picture book produced by Tele-Story and Superscope around 1975. The audio used for the VHS tape was originally on an audio cassette that came with the picture book. This tape contains the classic fairy tales of "Pinocchio" and "Snow White".
Topics: fairy tales, tele-story, 1980s, VHS, pinocchio, snow white
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape is all about sports trivia. It also contains an interview with someone claiming to be legendary sports star Duke Jackson.
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, 1990s, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Takara
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The Takara Video Challenger was a light-gun game console released by Takara of Japan in 1987. The console was contained within the light gun itself. All of the games were on VHS tapes. Most tapes appear to have been released in Japan only, though some were released in parts of Europe. This Japanese tape focuses on shooting down various enemy flying machines, as well as strange golden gun turret.
Topics: VHS, Takara, Video Chalenger, Japanese
Around 1998, YES! Entertainment Corporation, Shoot the Moon Products Inc, and Alchemy II Inc worked together to produce a new iteration of the Teddy Ruxpin animatronic teddy bear. In this version, there were six VHS movies, which were abridged re-releases of the original 1980s movies. In this release, there was a "TV Talk Box" that hooked up to both the VCR and the Teddy Ruxpin toy. The VHS tape contained an alternate audio track, which appears to have been hidden in the VHS hi-fi...
Topics: 1990s, VHS, Teddy Ruxpin
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Milton-Bradley
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The Milton-Bradley Omni Entertainment System was a game console released in 1980 that used 8-track tapes. The games were mostly based around trivia with people such as Pat Summerall and Vincent Price recording the questions. The tapes contained the audio for the questions, as well as programming data.The tapes are in stereo, but the Omni's mono speaker allowed it to switch between the two tracks depending on how the game progressed. Because I am supplying raw rips of these tapes from an 8-track...
Topics: Milton-Bradley, Omni, 8-track, 1980s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Mego Corp.
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. The original "Storyland" tape is notable for being the rarest tape to have been sold in the U.S. It was one of the earliest tapes released in 1978, and it was discontinued quickly. The program features...
Topics: Mego, 2-XL, 1970s, rare, 8-track
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Mattel
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The "See 'N Say Video Phone" was an obscure VHS-based edutainment console  produced by Mattel in 1989. This product was intended to build upon the success of their existing See 'N Say toy. This is the manual. There appears to have been an order form or warranty card at the bottom that was removed some time ago. The paper is crinkled and stained, but it is the only one I found.
Topics: Mattel, edutainment, manual, see 'n say, video phone, telebiko
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This was a VHS game released for the Bandai Telebikko game console (or Terebikko) in 1988. The Telebikko was a very simple game console in the shape of a phone with four buttons. As the tape played, the characters asked the player questions, and an audio tone from the tape told the console which button corresponded to the correct answer. Then, the user would choose the button that matched their chosen answer and the console speaker would let them know if they were correct. This video seems to...
Topics: telebikko, terebikko, educational, Japanese
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Mego Corp.
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The Mego 2-XL Robot was a toy robot which used 8-track tape cartridges to play trivia games. The four different programs were swapped between over the course of the game as the player selected different answers. This enabled the robot to give feedback based on the different answers. This tape was directed at older users, as it was released in 1978 and contains questions about subjects from the 1950s and 1960s. It is a very simple tape with two sets of questions. One set uses the first and...
Topics: mego 2-xl, robot, 1970s, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Howard W. Sams & Co., Inc.
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This was a "Photofact Folder" produced for the Wollensak T-1500 reel-to-reel tape recorder for 1958. It contains descriptions of the different components, instructions for operation, a parts list, detailed diagrams, and instructions for repairing common problems. I'm not familiar with the idea of "Photofact Folders" for products. I would treat this item more as a service manual, or perhaps even an owners manual from the days when it was more normal for people to buy a...
Topics: reel-to-reel, reel-to-reel tape deck, tape deck, 1950s, vintage audio
Around 1998, YES! Entertainment Corporation, Shoot the Moon Products Inc, and Alchemy II Inc worked together to produce a new iteration of the Teddy Ruxpin animatronic teddy bear. In this version, there were six VHS movies, which were abridged re-releases of the original 1980s movies. In this release, there was a "TV Talk Box" that hooked up to both the VCR and the Teddy Ruxpin toy. The VHS tape contained an alternate audio track, which appears to have been hidden in the VHS hi-fi...
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Topics: 1990s, Teddy Ruxpin, animatronic, teddy bear, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
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This was one of the VHS tapes for the obscure "See 'N Say Video Phone" produced by Mattel in 1989. This product was intended to build upon the success of their existing See 'N Say toy, but turn it into a VHS based edutainment console. During the program, questions are asked, and users can answer the questions using the four buttons on the console. This one features our puppet friend preparing a surprise party for Mother Goose.
Topics: puppets, children's entertainment, edutainment, Mattel, See 'N Say Video Phone
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Sega
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The Video Driver (known as the Family Driver in Japan) is an obscure video game console released by Sega in 1988. The console consisted of a bar that hung down in front of the television. A tiny plastic car, representing the player, was placed on top of it. This car was controlled using the wired steering wheel controller. The games were held on VHS tapes and contained dashcam footage with a black and white bar at the bottom that was used to tell the console which parts of the screen were...
Topics: VHS, Sega, Video Driver
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This tape has plenty of facts related to food. However, it does have a clear focus on healthy diet and exercise. It brings up historical events, such as the Potato...
Topics: Tiger, 2-XL, 1990s, trivia
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Connor Toy Corporation
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This was one of the VHS tapes produced for the Connor Videosmarts game console, released in 1986 by Connor Electronics. The one focuses on teaching young children about colors and shapes
Topics: puppets, educational, videosmarts, computersmarts
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This was one of the two choose-your-own-adventure stories that used the X-Men license. Depending on which track you start in, one of two new mutants appears on scene....
Topics: X-men, 1990s, tiger, 2-XL robot, CYOA
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Tiger, Inc.
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After the success of the original Mego 2-XL in the early 80s, the toy company Tiger decided to bring it back in early 90s. The Tiger 2-XL used compact cassettes split into four mono programs, rather than the 8-track tapes of the original. It mostly consisted of educational games and "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories. This was one of the two choose-your-own-adventure stories that used the X-Men license. In this story, Magneto pledges to kill 25,000 humans for every mutant which is...
Topics: X-men, Tiger, CYOA, 1990s
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by View-Master Ideal Group Inc
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The View-Master Interactive Vision was a children's edutainment console from 1988. The games were held on VHS tapes consisted of VHS footage with computer graphics generated over the footage. This was done by playing the tape in the VCR and passing the video signal through the console. The console would identify game code hidden in the video signal and use this to generate the graphics in real time. This enabled a mixture of full-motion-video and more traditional game graphics of the time. The...
Topics: VHS, edutainment, View-Master Interactive Vision
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Montgomery Ward
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This was an early listing for the Mego 2-XL robot in the 1978 Montgomery Ward catalog. Some of the tape names are a bit off. "Sports" was renamed as "Sports Fun",  "Science Fiction" was renamed as "Science Fiction Fun", and "Games and Puzzles 1" was renamed as "Games, Puzzles, and Riddles". Also, the 2-XL robot appears to be a prototype, as he is gray, while the released model was brown.
Topics: Mego, 2-XL, 1970s, Montgomery Ward, magazine
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Connor Toy Corporation
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This was one of the VHS tapes produced for the Connor Videosmarts game console, released in 1986 by Connor Electronics. This one focuses on teaching the alphabet.
Topics: puppets, videosmarts, computersmarts, educational, VHS
Computers on Tape (Not Computer Tapes)
by Superscope Inc
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Throughout the mid 1970s through the late 1980s, the company Superscope produced various audio cassettes for the purpose of education and classic storytelling. Throughout the 1970s, they focused on classic fairy tales and bible stories. In the 1980s, they moved to educational content, as well as licensed properties. This tape contains both an Portugese-language and English-language telling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.
Topics: 1970s, Portugal